Work and family

A new Pew Research Center report looks at how working moms and dads in two-parent households are balancing their jobs with their family responsibilities and how they view the dynamics of sharing child care and household responsibilities. Here are some key findings from the report: Only about a quarter of two-parent households now consist of a full-time working father and a mother who is not employed. About six-in-ten American parents in these dual-earning households say they share responsibility evenly for playing or doing activities with children, disciplining children, and taking care of chores.

Work and family

What is Balance?

I expected [FBI employees] would find joy in their work. They were part of an organization devoted to doing good, protecting the weak, rescuing the taken, and catching criminals.

That was work with moral content. Doing it should be a source of great joy. I expected they would treat all people with respect and dignity, without regard to position or station in life. I expected they would protect the institution's reservoir of trust and credibility that makes possible all their work.

I expected they would work hard, because they owe that to the taxpayer. I expected they would fight for balance in their lives.

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I emphasized that last one because I worried many people in the FBI worked too hard, driven by the mission, and absorbed too much stress from what they saw. I talked about what I had learned from a year of watching [a previous mentor].

I expected them to fight to keep a life, to fight for the balance of other interests, other activities, other people, outside of work. I explained that judgment was essential to the sound exercise of power.

Because they would have great power to do good or, if they abused that power, to do harm, I needed sound judgment, which is the ability to orbit a problem and see it well, including through the eyes of people very different from you. I told them that although I wasn't sure where it came from, I knew the ability to exercise judgment was protected by getting away from the work and refreshing yourself.

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That physical distance made perspective possible when they returned to work. And then I got personal. You will turn to get back and they will be gone. I order you to love somebody. It's the right thing to do, and it's also good for you.The Work and Family Researchers Network (formerly the Sloan Network) is an international membership organization of interdisciplinary work and family researchers.

Executives of both sexes consider the tension between work and family to be primarily a woman’s problem, and most of them believe that one can’t compete in the global marketplace while leading. Work and family: finding a balance Becoming a dad can shift your attitude and priorities around work – and often in ways that you didn’t quite expect.

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You might find that having a family puts work into perspective now you’ve got another human to look after, and stuff that used to . The WFRN is an international membership organization of interdisciplinary work and family researchers. The WFRN also welcomes the participation of policy makers and practitioners as it seeks to promote knowledge and understanding of work and family issues among the community of global stakeholders.

Balancing Work and Family Nearly all workers experience family illness, personal health issues, or the need to care for a sick child. Yet, many workers, particularly low-wage workers, lack family-friendly protections like earned paid sick time, which requires employers to offer earned paid time off in order to address a health issue.

Reserve the weekends for the family. If you let work — the Monday-through-Friday variety — encroach on your weekends, you're headed for misery. Christopher, a salesman for a marketing firm, still puts in and hour weeks, but he's stopped working on weekends.

Work and Family